Is it possible in minecraft to enchant a bow with an enchantment that was originally just for non-bows, such as looting?


Short answer: No

Long answer: No, unless you have a mod.

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    I like the difference between long/short. – Joe the Person Feb 6 '12 at 17:53
  • Even that mod doesn't give things like looting. But it still looks cool. – Pureferret Feb 7 '12 at 0:57
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    can answers be updated because this isn't correct anymore – Flaunting Jul 20 '14 at 16:36
  • This answer is no longer accurate. – manjuu5 Feb 23 '19 at 16:09

Yes. If you make an Enchanted Book you can add a non-bow enchantment. If you are in Creative mode, you can enchant a bow with any enchantment; if you are in Survival mode, however, you may only enchant it with Unbreaking.

  • Would they take effect on the arrow launched or the bow used in meleé? – Pureferret Feb 21 '13 at 12:13
  • I think it depends. For example, if you tried Knockback instead of Punch on a bow, it would work on melee hit. Not certain about Looting though. – Unionhawk Feb 21 '13 at 21:25

Here is an easy way to do it on Creative mode, or Survival mode. (No Mod's Required)

1: You get an anvil, and in the first slot put the bow, and in the second slot put the enchanted book of looting there. Then you should have a bow enchanted with looting now. (The Image is from my Minecraft.)

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I think it can happen because of glitches - I had a bow with looting 3, without any mods installed.

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    Did you enchant this bow, or get it from a skeleton? – SevenSidedDie Sep 8 '12 at 20:53

Yes you can. In survival you can't but in creative you can There are 2 methods:

  1. Anvil Place a bow with an enchanted book of any enchantment

  2. Command Blocks(Or chat commands) you can use /give command in order to get items with any enchantments(And exceed maximum level of the enchantment). Example: /give @p stick 1 0 {ench:[{id:0,lvl:4},{id:16,lvl:1},{id:51,lvl:2}]} this command gives a stick with protection IV, Sharpness I, Infinity II. (for enchantment IDs, please see the wiki for more information.)

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